Heads Up, 7-Up! {Pound Cake}

Did you ever play Heads Up, Seven Up when you were a kid?  It was the one thing I looked forward to most on those rainy days when we weren't allowed to play outside for recess.  I always had so much fun playing and trying to guess who had touched my thumb and I just loved that it was named after one of my all-time favorite sodas, 7-Up.  (Or Siete Arriba, as my kiddies like to call it.  In Mexico, we just call it Seven.)

Well imagine my surprise as I leafed through my new United Cakes of America cookbook and came across a recipe for 7-Up Pound Cake.

A cake made with 7-Up!  I've heard of Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper cakes, but never a 7-Up cake.   As weird as it sounded, I couldn't help but think that the combination of 7-Up and lemon juice (I used lime juice) would make a nice flavor combination for a cake.

It wasn't just a nice combination, it was a match made in Heaven.  This cake was full of lemony flavor and everything a pound cake should be.   If I hadn't made the cake myself, I never would have guessed that it was made with 7-Up.   

I can't think of a better way to kick off 31 Days in My Cocina than with a delicious pound cake that goes perfectly with my lemon/lime theme.

7-Up Pound Cake
(adapted from United Cakes of America)

  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (I used unflavored Maizena)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 7-Up 
  • 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 335°F and place oven rack in the center position.  Lightly grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan or any tube pan you have on hand.  (I have yet to find a Bundt pan here in Mexico.) 

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Pound Cake Prep 1

 In a separate bowl or measuring cup, combine the 7-Up, lemon juice and vanilla; set aside.

Pound Cake Prep 2

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on low speed until very light and fluffy.

Pound Cake prep 3

Add the eggs and egg yolks one at a time, making sure to scrape the bowl occasionally, to ensure that everything is thoroughly combined.

Pound Cake Prep 5

Alternately add the flour and 7-Up mixtures, a quarter at a time, until everything is well combined.

Pound cake prep 6

Gently pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake at 335°F for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Pound Cake batter

Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert it onto a heatproof plate and let cool for an additional 15 minutes.  While the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk in a small bowl.  (If the glaze is too thick, add a little more milk until desired consistency.) 

Simple Glaze

Slowly drizzle glaze over cake.  Enjoy!!!

Pound Cake



  1. I love your recipes, I've tried a few and this one looks delicious! I wish it had the nutrition facts so I could count it easier on my weight watchers lol. I would probably have to try it with diet 7-up and Splenda for less points.

  2. Oh yum that looks and sounds amazing. We used to play the same thing but it was called heads down thumbs up.

  3. YUM. So this is what you had posted on your FB! I love lemon. Lemon pies, lemon tortes, lemon cake! Hey, I didn't know that glaze was just two ingredients. My son's allergic to eggs and anything dairy, but he loves lemon, too. I'm going to attempt this with some egg substitute and rice milk and see como me va. ; D

  4. Yum.  I just bought a new bundt pan or whatever that kind is called but I don't think it is big enough.  I will have to measure it.  Did you really use Lemon juice?  Where do you find it?

  5. I loved playing 7UP in grade school too! I've always wanted to make a 7UP cake so thanks for posting.

  6. Leslie, it looks delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will add it to my collection. Have a great weekend :)

  7. I love 7up cake!  Cake made with orange soda is also really really good.  Much better than the cola cakes!

  8. Maria Amelia BazdekisJuly 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Oooooh. This looks yummy. I'm going to try it for the girls!

  9. This looks wonderful! Can't wait to try!

  10. Yum!  That looks fabulous!  I love citrus flavors, and that sounds sooooo refreshing and delicious for summer.  I am so excited to start following you here--your recipes look wonderful! 

  11. That just sounds like a no way! LOL But, it looks like it would be pretty amazing, Leslie!

  12. I adore pound cake! This is an easy and innovative recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  13. who didn't grow up playing that game! how much fun, right... but can't imagine how good or not a 7up cake would be. I've never been a fan of the soda, but it is lime after all, which I love! The glaze looks great.

  14. I also remember playing that game and loving it!  And 7-up is a fave.  Great recipe, and I love that you used lime juice.  I'm gonna have to try this...

  15. An orange soda cake? Oh my!!!  Sounds delicious!  

  16. I'm crazy about all things lemon too!  (I even married a Limón! LOL)  The glaze is very easy and you can adjust the flavor by changing the liquid.  I used milk, but you could use lemon, lime or orange juice.  I've even used Kahlua!  :P  

  17. I know I already answered you on FB, but I thought I'd answer you here too in case anyone else has the same question! :P  I didn't use lemon juice, even though that's what the recipe called for.  I used lime juice and I thought it turned out really good.  How did you like it? 

  18. I LOVE 7-up! It's the ONLY soda I have ever welcomed to pass my lips....since I was a little girl. Sounds like the perfect cake in my eyes. 

  19. it's tje 1st time I hear of a cake with 7-up, and I lovvvvvvvvvvve the idea! Your cake looks wonderful.
    Gonna try it soon. Thanks

  20. I made this cake today for our Super Bowl Party. I baked it as stated in your recipe except I used one and a half times the glaze. It turned out great! A nice dense and buttery bundt cake with a hint of, yes, Lemon Lime; just like 7up. I have a two elderly relatives that I take meals to. This week they will be getting this cake to cheer them up.